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a u.n. probe shows syrian rebels most likely used a deadly nerve agent in the ongoing civil war shattering washington's earlier accusations it was the assad regime which had resorted to using illegal chemicals. in the cold economic despair drives tens of thousands of former supporters of france to turn their backs on the french president. and. dozens of young protesters behind bars for taking part in antigovernment. claims that defendants confessed that.
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it is a pleasure to have you with us here on this monday. with your news from all around the world. now u.n. investigators are saying they have strong grounds to believe that the rebels in syria used chemical weapons against civilians according to the testimonies of both victims and witnesses opposition fighters sprayed the deadly nerve gas sarin an agent that's banned internationally and that's amid widespread allegations backed by the us that it was the syrian regime that have resorted to chemicals in the long lasting civil war inside the state just over a week ago washington declared the assad government had used such and therefore had crossed obama's red line opening the possibility of a greater american role in syria's internal conflict the accusations were hurled at damascus despite the probe statement it has not seen any physical evidence we'll bring you more on this story with a live report
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a bit later this hour. but the revelations they do come amid an international storm over israeli strikes inside syria israel is beefing up its borders reportedly fearing retaliation after its planes bombed targets in the war torn state including a research facility very close to the capital damascus syrian officials say a missile batteries have been pointed at israel and according to unconfirmed reports they will be launched in case of a new israeli strike video footage an eyewitness right here the all suggesting the attacks hit weapons dumps triggering massive explosions syria says a number of people were killed and wounded amid widespread destruction both the u.n. and arab league have condemned the attacks white house spokesman meanwhile said president obama feels that israel's actions were justified they apparently targeted a weapons cache for lebanon's hezbollah movement but. a middle east expert from the
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philadelphia university in amman he believes the real motives are very different i think that there is a some kind of. some kind of correlation between the. fundamentalist . and the western eto against the syrian regime and i think that what's happening is exactly in support of these rebels and in support of that telling us that. syrian regime i think the zone state is getting into a situation where they want it war. at all prices with big guns less of what's happening if it will be. regional war or anything else but if. by that the collaboration of this union that this is announcing before and if syria have been in any way i think. the janelle war is imminent.
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and in the wake of the israeli aggression against syria he's been taking a wider look at the region to find out whether it was aimed at undermining the remaining supporters of the assad regime. these strikes at a dangerous new dynamic to a region already in crisis with so many sides involved the situation is complicated well let's now have a cool certain look there have been three israeli strikes on syrian soil since january two of those just in the last three days much of the speculation suggests that the real target was actually has a law in lebanon all of israel's recent attacks were allegedly targeting what happens bound for has a problem militants israel has long warrant it once to prove vantage van storms getting into their hands and is prepared to use force has fallen members are how being bashar al assad fight the uprising against his rule and will stand by him
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that was confirmed by their leader has sound natural i just this april so it's likely that syria would be responding inclined well existence some way but there is a third player here fellow shia ally to assad and has a ballade the big boy on the block and israel's arch enemy iran now reports suggest that it was an iranian shipment too has a lot that israel was told getting so it's possible that syria is just the middle man and it wouldn't be be young reason that around is equipping has a blog as a backup in case of conflict with israel israel with this bubble cation there will be for a response either from syria either from his bloc well or better yet from the point of view or the obama to be station in israel from iran so if you run into syria don't do anything for the moment just wait this will be seen as it is just a provocation but if there is you know the slightest bit of a response from either syria or iran that's the perfect brick text for what may be
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shock and awe against syria hardliners in washington and the hardliners and as well they are expecting exactly that. no measured response from iraq iran is seen as the main thread by israel's government which is very nervous about its nuclear activities and in response to these airstrikes iran has already called on the whole region to stand against israel iran labeled the airstrike as an act of aggression accusing israel of advancing its own interests by creating instability in the region with an unprovoked attack and the commander of the country's ground forces warn that to iran is ready to provide logistics support and military training to help syria defend itself against israel so townshend's as collate the motives are for on low curse to gas what is launching missiles into syria actually
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part of israel's plan to contain iran. in a culture of i would love it if you would i log on to r.t. dot com right now we always enjoy when you get involved with our stories you can tell us what you think about the recent israeli strikes on syria from the web site right now let's bring up the stats for this hour from dot com looking like over forty percent of you are voters now i believe in the israelis just carrying out west and plans to help the syrian rebels not a distant second to thirty three percent thinking there's an undeclared war being fought i've got a sixteen percent of all it's sending a clear message to iran and the bare minimum now seven percent saying it's well they voted that the actions are self defense against hezbollah what is israel's agenda behind the attacks in syria do you let us know at dot com.
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it's good to have you with us here on r.t. this morning a bahraini court has sentenced a group of thirty one anti-government activists to fifteen years in prison for taking part in fire bomb attacks against police the suspects though now say they were tortured into making their confessions and now they deny their guilt bahrain has been engulfed in program form protests being one of the first countries to be gripped by the arab spring violence back in two thousand and eleven since then the opposition has been accusing the rulers of oppressing the protest movement and claiming western countries are trying to downplay the scale of the unrest mohamed el sufi who is an anti-government activist in bahrain explains what's driven them to the edge because of all youth and behind because of the oil we divorced from because the whole muslim straight there needs to be over time to ensure that the
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flow of oil is not destructive because we have a camp piece here in bahrain which the americans rely on as a sport to watch over the region all of that has taken its toll on the evil known brand the cavity can still on the children that are being asked to be found there's clothes on the women that are being tortured in prison all of that had to because of these complex different human rights. next to the political wrong in bahrain we don't really have any other choice but to force this the damage has been done and my cousins are again my friends are again and so for me it's the only if you can think for me to do is to help them as gay help me help me before i go to your political analyst eric draitser the things that despite the continuing
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crackdown protests in bahrain well they won't burn out anytime soon. that the people of bahrain have been ruled by one single family of a minority in the country so you're talking about the vast majority of that country having lived in a state of disenfranchisement for their entire lives and they see and remember that bahrain was in many ways the the kernel at the very beginning of the arab spring and the struggle that has continued in bahrain since that early part of two thousand and eleven gets no attention in the western media primarily because as i and many people listening already know bahrain is a client of saudi arabia which is a client of the united states bahrain houses the u.s. fifth fleet bahrain is central to the u.s. imperial plans for the region and for that reason the democracy upsurge in bahrain has been marginalized while the the fraudulent uprising in syria has been glorified
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this illustrates the hypocrisy of the united states and the hypocrisy of its policy in the region. but i do remember you can find more on the history of the arab spring on arrest in bahrain dot to dot com a lot more this hour including a vintage air show in madrid ends in tragedy and footage showing an antique flying machine crashing to the ground from the fountains actors are the details on the website. to the homes are threatened by a massive blaze in california pesticides a poison a smoke even a releasing to help secure. the news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images from seeing from the streets of canada. the giant corporations are ruled the day.
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live from moscow this is our team and having soundly defeated washington's push for gun controls america's national rifle association held an especially glitzy convention to mark the occasion and i re of celebrities are rightwing politicians and newsmakers all appeared at the annual event with shortness of say shows just how powerful the firearms lobby remains. as more from the gun lined halls of the convention in texas. the national debate over gun control may be among the most divisive issues in the united states but it's also proving to be a p.r. success for america's largest and strongest gun rights organization approximately seventy thousand people turned out for the national rifle association's annual meeting taking place here in houston texas those in attendance are not allowed to
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buy any of the weapons or ammunition but they certainly are allowed to pick up the guns hold them in their hands aim them and get a good feel of what these weapons are all about for the kids there are air guns that the kids are allowed to shoot also virtual gods to play with in recent weeks u.s. president barack obama's first furthering gone control legislation failed in the senate that effort of course was for strengthening the background checks when you hear from the people that turned out they say that they will stand behind me and our right to continue to fight any efforts washington makes on furthering gun control legislation make it shows a feel. free to second amendment. most in this show are supporting the n.r.a. because they are a backbone for believing in fighting for our rights former vice presidential candidate sarah palin and texas governor rick perry are among the long list of
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names of pro-gun conservatives that addressed crowds throughout this three day event all those that spoke accuse president obama of leading a vicious attack against the second amendment now the n.r.a. is c.e.o. wayne la pierre are friends last month's boston terrorist attacks asking the audience how many bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago as an unprecedented manhunt for the bombing suspects was underway now ironically as the u.s. leader has been making his efforts to strengthen gun. laws sales have been increasing and membership to the n.r.a. has been expanding so. it's very divisive for the nation so far in this ongoing political. he's clearly moving itself to be strong enough to go up against and defeat the president's states.
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into the are there we go now six people have reportedly been injured in the city of east palo alto in california by an unknown gunman and the man fired several times from inside a car passing by a mcdonald's restaurant child around the age of six is among the victims one of whom was taken to hospital with serious injuries and medics to say he is in stable condition at the moment of the incident happened an hour after three women was shot two of them fatally in a separate incident in the city of tampa florida police still looking for the suspect. thousands of hard line islamists demanding an blasphemy law will be put into place clashed with police in bangladesh leaving four dead dozens injured by security forces used rubber bullets to break up the riots in the capital dhaka thousands of demonstrated rallied across the capital blocking roads and cutting the city off from the rest of the country. on the streets of the
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libyan capital tripoli after a new law was passed barring people who worked under free from serving in the government a number of politicians including the current prime minister could lose their jobs as a result of this comes after heavily armed militants laid siege to the foreign and justice ministries last week and demanding the bill be enacted. thousands of people have gathered at a political rally held by the conservative islamic party in el islamiah in pakistan's largest city karate and the crowd chanted anti american slogans as party leaders blame the us for economic problems in the country in general elections in pakistan are expected to be held on saturday. and to iraq now where at least nine people have been killed dozens injured in a series of attacks in and around baghdad the first occurred when a bomb went off near a mosque in the western suburbs of the iraqi capital leaving one person dead six
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others were killed after another blast near an internet cafe in a sunni neighborhood and just south of the capital a local mayor and his son were killed in their house by an unknown gunman and the attacks come amid heightened sectarian tensions which left forty people dead just last week. in greece the finance minister has said he thinks the worst is now behind the troubled country if you might not be shared by the workers left to fend for themselves on bottom reports of a factory abandoned by its owner where laborers after almost two years of unpaid work have now taken control. it looks just like another day at the vo me factory in northern greece making building and cleaning products but these workers shouldn't even be here this fragment of the old workforce has taken control of the factory from its owners this is via maze central office all of their old office workers
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left and the owners lock them out of the office block for the moment they run their entire company from this room the dead put plants and shuttered windows sit next to the enemies new philosophy on the wall and read self management in huge legal disputes the owning company fulcrum johnson claims to have no money and wants its factory back yet. this employer paid these workers for thirty years and paid them well i suggest that the workers now should support their employer at this difficult moment. workers for their part a desperate after twenty two months without pay they receive food aid from unions and solidarity movements they guard the stock and the plant seeing it is their only way to start earning money again despite the threats but with the laws stacked against workers in crisis torn greece few dare try the same this more the general picture i mean i don't think i'm going to see a huge movement to forgive someone to take over the octopus for these workers
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though this is an economic last stand they're trying nothing less than to change greek law to recognize the concept of self management in order to legally sell their products and when i ask them they have a message for the owners after myself and that if they abandon us here it disappeared so i have nothing to say to them they prefer to pay for these trials instead of paying our salaries. electrons and his coworkers don't see themselves as revolutionaries instead they thought predicament is a result of painful decisions forced on those on the factory floor and in the boardroom by a crisis that keeps breaking all the norms tom bottom ninety. it's eight twenty am here in the russian capital business r.t. it's a sorry first year anniversary for the french president francois hollande tens of thousands of leftists marching through paris to denounce him and the same people
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though who were twelve months ago held him as a socialist hero according to polls all around us now the most unpopular french leader in of recent history artist esther australia reports now on what's caused such a change of heart. the. it's a. very large of. i heard you i heard your will for a change. a year ago thousands of people had gathered at this very place to celebrate the victory of socialist president francois hollande but here on the thousands of people are again gathered but for a very different reason this time they're asking the president where are the changes that he had promised asked by the very same people who had voted left and put a law and in place recent polls show its popularity has plummeted to less than twenty five percent the biggest for for any french president in the past fifty years but you know that's only part. i wish you were your promises are come on where
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are they is said to me show you this all of it i mean this is the mission that from now on will be mine to give the european construction of by mention of growth employment and prosperity here france's hit record unemployment of three point two million people in march the biggest source of public anger it's also scratch hopes of cutting the budget deficit to three percent of g.d.p. by two thousand and thirteen and the european commission's most recent forecast shows france will be in recession until the end of the year the seventy five percent income tax on the super rich is also a no go after france's constitutional court overruled it or the very talk of it pushed french actor gerard depardieu to give up his citizenship for a law should one. divorce sends a local teacher joyce the voices of fellow leftists who find it increasingly
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difficult to cope with daily life pointing to all loans economic missus. when it comes to my salary my purchasing power the cost of life transportation costs housing costs it is very expensive in paris austerity we do it when there is growth we don't do it when there is already a konami catastrophe when it comes to want to point to the jobs are getting more and more short term this is suicide out the. one promise a large it did not have to keep is legalizing gay marriage pleasing supporters it also sparking fears consultation. people are happy with gay marriage but it doesn't feed our families it doesn't give us food there are realities that are good to say but there are also priorities priority is employment we need to eat it is obvious is each.
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year your. new president immediately. into economy one hundred one anywhere i just want to be here. which is not making that. which is good because of the office which is not going well i mean they're here there imagine being the no one has all. and that's a recipe this filmmaker says is nonexistent he made this video during last year's presidential campaign to show the country's lack of choice. in the memo that you feel when you listen to the media you'd think there were a lot of differences between the two but that's just on
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a superficial level on the most important things they agree do we need to intervene in another country to fight they will agree to intervene in other countries because the weapons nobody will always be behind it. a lot is well aware of his unpopularity that says he will weather this storm improve he can't keep his promises at the end of this five year term. that he needs time fine we are here to tell mr president what time is up you know need to start changing. what others like these were christian recently closed steel plant of easter flowers are not even hopeful for symbolically laid to rest a lot of broken promises under which reads the trail. does our sylvia r.t. paris. from moscow this is r.t. back to our top story for you right now where u.n.
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investigators say they have strong grounds to believe that rebels in syria have used chemical weapons in the civil war no evidence being found the government has ever released any deadly asians and the challenge is washington's earlier statement that it was the assad regime which had resorted to the illegal weapons artie's guy nature can now joining us live from washington more on this our guy in a good to see you can you tell us more about the u.n. investigation team its findings here please. yes for a u.n. human rights investigators say based on the evidence that they have the rebels in syria have used the nerve agent sorry this is a major development which comes at a time when the assad government is being accused of having used chemical weapons and so this investigation which says that in all likelihood the rebels have used chemical weapons challenges the narrative which is dominating in the media here and that if chemical weapons were used they were used by the assad government there has been an intense build up of tension around the issue as president obama said the
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use of chemical weapons by the assad government would be a game changer although he did specify that the u.s. had no hard evidence to accuse the assad government of doing that now this geneva based u.n. investigation is believed to be separate from the investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria in the middle of march assad forces and the rebels blame each other for that damascus has requested a u.n. mission to investigate the incident but the investigation is being stalled because in addition to investigating that specific incident the u.n. chief now the men's access to all facilities in syria and there are concerns that this inquiry could wants the u.n. into the center of a possible hunt for weapons of mass destruction where it faces the ghost of iraq the fear again is that politics may get ahead of facts so again at this point a u.n. investigation team suggests that it's been the syrian rebels not the assad government that have used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war conflict but
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it's not the only grave development coming out of syria you and i get an a for the past few days breaking news out of syria with these israeli airstrikes are the latest reaction to these ongoing strikes certainly there been two in the past seventy two hours. that's right now as far as the israeli strikes this past week u.s. bank you moon appealed he called on sunday for restraint to avoid an escalation in syria's civil war he expressed quote unquote grave concern over the strikes the way that the strikes could fuel the bloodshed in syria is by bolstering the forces on the ground which could result in more violence now the u.n. chief also urged respect for national sovereignty the strikes were the fact of the matter is that the strikes were based on some secret information about some weapons heading somewhere neither television nor washington have officially confirmed anything and many worry that we're stepping into this very gray area where strikes
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against the no another country can be carried out in absolute secrecy without the knowledge and support of the international community. did already many analysts many critics saying israel's i was trying to get syria in clear violation of international law auntie's guy nature can live in washington thank you. what i'm more used to come here i don't see it half an hour's time but do stay with us off to the break next hour documentary on how odd is being used in some peter's bug to help patients suffering from mental illnesses this is on. every detail. every piece of metal.
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